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Coalition Detains Suspected Militant in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2007 – Coalition forces detained a suspected militant during an operation today in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Combined Joint Task Force 82 officials reported .

The troops acted on credible intelligence sources as they moved into the Deh Chopin District where anti-coalition militants were suspected to be in hiding. They searched the compounds before detaining an individual with suspected ties to militant forces.

The suspect will be questioned as to his involvement in extremist activities, officials said.

There were no indications of injuries or deaths to non-combatants. Minor damage occurred to buildings during the course of operations.

In other news, four Afghan National Police officers were killed and seven others were wounded Oct. 12 when an improvised explosive device detonated in Gereshk City, Nahr Surk District, Helmand province.

The IED attack occurred near a mosque in Gereshk City as people were enjoying an evening out on the first day of Eid al-Fitr/ Eid e Ramadan, officials said.

Coalition forces operating in the area responded immediately and provided emergency medical treatment to six wounded ANP officers and one Afghan non-combatant at the scene. After initial treatment, five of the ANP officers and the non-combatant were transported to a nearby coalition forces medical facility for further treatment. They are listed in critical condition.

“Taliban and foreign fighters are notorious for rigging improvised explosive devices to kill and terrorize Afghan non-combatants,” said Army Maj Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force 82 spokesman. “Afghan National Security and Coalition forces are committed to protecting and supporting the lives of all IRoA citizens.”

(Combined from Combined Joint Task Force 82 news releases.)

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